Art cities & global tourism

Art cities & global tourism

The cost of mass society

A mixed feeling, something in between physical fear and aristocratic despice is inevitable, when one lives in fragile Venice and a menacing brutal monster enters the Canal Grande, offering the narrow strees and the delicate mosaics that pave its churches and palaces to the newly enriched masses of global tourism.

Justice, the English way

Justice, the English way

The August riots in the Courts

The Law of England provides a precise definition of the criminal offence know as “rioting”: i.e. taking part in a riot. But for the non-legal observer a useful working definition of ‘riot’ might be ‘an out of control mob intent on violence against persons or property’. Some observers have referred to a ‘feral mob’ and […]

The legacy of William the Bastard

The legacy of William the Bastard

Little seems to have changed since his time. Some two thirds of the British landmass remains in the hands of around 0.3% of the population that includes the Crown, various aristocrats and the Church of England. The social hierarchy is alive and well. And the psyche of the British masses remains deeply marinated in class consciousness, social distinctions and instinctive deference.

  As a spectacle of pomp and circumstance the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton must surely have fulfilled every TV mogul’s wildest dreams. Hollywood could never compete. The setting was Westminster Abbey, founded by King Edward the Confessor in 1045 and the traditional place of coronation and burial for royalty down the ages. […]

La Fuga dei Cervelli Play

La Fuga dei Cervelli

Lorem Ipsum è un testo segnaposto utilizzato nel settore della tipografia e della stampa. Lorem Ipsum è considerato il testo segnaposto standard sin dal sedicesimo secolo, quando un anonimo tipografo prese una cassetta di caratteri e li assemblò per preparare un testo campione. È sopravvissuto non solo a più di cinque secoli, ma anche al […]

La storia e il presente

La storia e il presente

A sessant'anni dal maggio 1952

Per aver ricordato l’europeismo di De Gasperi in contrapposizione agli entusiasmi mediterranei di Fanfani sono stato accusato, in un recente ed importante incontro italo-russo, di conoscere troppo a fondo la storia del mio paese. E anche se non mi pare un’accusa veramente infamante, ho dovuto ammettere che – di fronte all’ignoranza beota in cui la […]

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

The new transatlantic row over the rendition of terrorist suspects offers profound cause for public reflection even if, as appears, some European governments would prefer to gloss 2006 over its greyer areas. Immediately before the departure of Condoleeza Rice on her European visit in December the US administration declared the US line would be “we […]

The fire next time Play

The fire next time

Is war respectable again?

A legendary film, without any exaggeration. Winning 2 Oscars and proving that Francis Ford Coppola was the biggest director of the last 40 years. During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a […]

Good Morning Vietnam Play

Good Morning Vietnam

1987, An American Comedy War Film. Set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Adrian Cronauer, a DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors. Directed by Barry Levinson, featuring, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby, J.T. Walsh.

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